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What to see in May?


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This is the most exciting month for birdwatching at Marymoor, as it is for most places in the state. Big migration pulses bring surprises, and almost all of the summer birds arrive. Over 135 species have been found in the park during the first week of May (over the years)!

This is the best month for Blue-winged and Cinnamon Teal, Mourning Dove, Western Kingbird, Cassin’s Vireo, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, and Western Tanager.

For returning summer birds, look for Vaux’s Swift, Western Wood-Pewee, Willow Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Purple Martin, Swainson’s Thrush, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow Warbler, Black-headed Grosbeak, and Bullock’s Oriole.

And then there are the rarities that have been noted: Redhead, Red-necked Grebe, Swainson’s Hawk, Sora, Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Whimbrel, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Bonaparte’s Gull, Franklin’s Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Common Nighthawk, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Hammond’s Flycatcher, Hutton’s Vireo, Western Bluebird, Townsend’s Solitaire, Northern Mockingbird, Sage Thrasher, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, and Yellow-headed Blackbird. It seems like just about anything could show up in May, so we keep going back to look.

Sage Thrasher, 2007-05-03.  Photo by Louise Rutter

Northern Mockingbird, 2012-05-10.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

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